The European Census Bureau has said that asylum interests to the EU member states at the beginning of the current year has increased by 40 percent compared to last year.
According to the European Census Bureau reports, more than 9,000 Afghan citizens have applied for asylum applications in the EU member state over the past month – a record-high number of asylum applications by any single country.
On Thursday, while releasing the monthly report, the European Census Bureau said that 76,500 people have submitted asylum applications to the EU in February alone, indicating a 40 percent increase compared to that of last year.
The EU has added that based on the available statistics, the number of initial asylum requests in February last year was 54,370.
It is reported that Syrians and Afghans are the Largest Groups of asylum seekers in the EU member states over the past years.
In February, 9,877 Syrians and 9,310 Afghans submitted asylum applications in the EU, according to the existing reports.
The statistics indicated that 77 percent of the asylum application have been recorded in Spain, Germany, France and Italy respectively. Germany alone received more than 25,000 applications in February, making it the largest number of asylum requests in the country.
According to European Union statistics, among the new asylum seekers, 2745 of them are unaccompanied minors of which 1,025 were Afghan citizens.